the_Scarlet_oneSpeak with EVGA support (email@example.com) and find out if there is any remaining warranty. If there is, take the universal block off, inspect the PCB, and remount the original cooler. Test it again.
the_Scarlet_oneI am curious how you mounted the universal block with the mid plate still intact? Or did you pull the mid plate and attach heat sinks to the VRM/VRAM?
the_Scarlet_one If you did the heat sinks and you used permanent thermal tape, if can cause damage when removing, so be very very careful. Any damage to the PCB caused by the user will immediately void the warranty.
Dingo DashUPDATE: Hello everyone! I'm glad to say that, thanks to EVGA support, I now have fully working vga back! I basically was told by the support that all I have to do was to register my card to verify if there was any "residual" guarantee extention remain on it, and in fact, after registering the serial number and opened an RMA, they told me it was! So, back on Febbrary I shipped it to Germany and an identical card came back refurbished and fully working after two weeks or so, despite it was all "sweathed" because of the original thermal pads, some cooked-up thermal paste on the GPU itself aaand a bit "crooked" VRM which was firmly soldered anyway (despite having some tools to fix the position, I'm gonna leave it like that cuz if it works, it works). So after cleaning it, changing the pads and paste, I felt like I have to test it for a few weeks under different loads and temps and ended up forgetting about this post but wanted everyone to know that RMA went just smooth. If this is always the standard of service I can expect from a company like EVGA, sure I will be buying first hand the next time, also because I feel like I owe them one for sure!P.s.= And for the sake of not risking further on having a toasted VRM or wathever was the issue with the previous one, I bought a full-cover waterblock from Corsair, the Hydro X Series XG7 RGB 10-SERIES (1080 Ti FE) which is now compatible with rest of my RGB system. Thanks EVGA!